THE Msunduzi Municipality is working on the Vulindlela Local Area Plan (Lap) – a document which will help identify physical developments and land use management, transport, environmental and infrastructure developments and investments in the Vulindlela area.Vulindlela adjourns the uMngeni, Impendle, Ingwe and Richmond local municipalities and comprises nine municipal wards and five traditional houses. The plan will assist in managing both public and private sector developments. Isikhungosethu Environmental Services (Pty) Ltd was appointed by the Department of Rural Development and Land Reform to prepare a Lap for the Vulindlela management area of Msunduzi Local Municipality. The method of the Lap looks at building a sustainable spatial framework in order to establish areas where future developments should and should not take place in Vulindlela, the location of the drainage lines and flood risk areas, “no-go” biodiversity areas, high potential agricultural areas, infrastructure and social services and land areas to be used for industrial developments, agricultural uses and for recreation and tourism services. The situational analysis has revealed that there is no reticulated sewerage even in the most densely settled areas, social service facilities are scattered and are of a lower order, the topography is a challenge for infrastructure developments and that economic development opportunities are limited by access influenced by steep topography. The planning team will undertake second session of public participation where there will be discussions between the municipal ward councillors and traditional authorities.